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Education & Skills Development News

Metals, engineering industry wage negotiations deadline extended to Sept 14

By: Donna Slater     3rd September 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) reports that its affiliated employer associations – the National Employers Association of South Africa and the South African Engineers and Founders Association, have agreed to extend the deadline for concluding wage... 

South Africa must focus on STEM skills to enable development

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2021 South Africa needs to improve awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills among primary and secondary school learners. These skills should also be taught by appropriately qualified specialist teachers, to develop skilled and experienced engineers necessary for... 

e4 launches Girls in STEM programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2021 Fintech specialist e4 has launched a Girls in STEM programme to provide girls in underprivileged areas with the support they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) post matric. Cognisant of the gender imbalance present in the science and technology... 

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e4 team at Diepdale Secondary School

UP pilots new software to make digital content more accessible

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2021 The University of Pretoria (UP) has launched a pilot of software among a small group of subtends and academics, which aims to make digital courses more accessible to all students. UP is the first higher education institution to partner with education technology software company Blackboard,... 

Company empowers future graduates

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Construction company Motheo empowers its staff and identifies future potential in the female youth of South Africa. 

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LETTIE MASHAU In our 24 years of existence, Motheo has intentionally empowered young African graduates, with a special focus on African women

Free courses promote women involvement

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to encourage and increase women’s participation in the implementation of energy and other resource efficiency projects in industry and, in commemoration of Women’s Month, is offering female engineers the opportunity to apply for... 

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NGOANATHARI MAJA There has been an encouraging, steady increase of women participating in NCPC-SA’s training courses, although there is still some way to go

Women empowered through network

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Cummins Africa Middle East’s Distribution business human resources director, Lebohang Mosese, has played an integral role in the company as the leader of the women's network and has first-hand experience of how Cummins empowers women.  

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LEBOHANG MOSESE To ensure the empowerment of women at Cummins, its diversity and inclusion council created gender diversity targets across countries, business segments and career levels

Company drives PPE uptake for women

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Industries that require safety footwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) have historically been male-dominated, but this trend is changing and the challenge is to provide women with PPE that is suited to the female body.  

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PREDAHNI NAIDOO Women’s safety wear supplier Sisi Safety Wear aims to drive the message that “women must strive to receive safety wear that is suited for her”

Opportunities for women in the property valuation sector

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 The South African Institute of Valuers (SAIV) emphasises the importance of women being recognised as equal players among their male counterparts in the field of valuation and property.  

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NATALIE GINSBERG Working in a male-dominated industry means that, more often than not, women have to work harder to prove their worth

Gender mainstreaming seen as ‘transformative approach’ to include women in infrastructure

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2021 When properly addressed and implemented, gender mainstreaming is a transformative approach with a great potential for social change, a panel of speakers addressing the first-ever Women in Infrastructure Summit on August 24 agreed. Gender mainstreaming is, however, a long-term strategy, as every... 

Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills 

25th August 2021 A partnership between Nkwe Platinum, Zijin Mining Group and Sany Southern Africa has resulted in six women from rural Limpopo being provided basic excavator operating skills. The initiative is part of all three companies’ corporate social investment drive and their efforts to empower women during... 

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Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills

Agri SA concerned about skilled workforce decline despite employment gains in Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th August 2021 The agricultural sector was one of few that observed employment gains over the second quarter of this year, adding 69 000 people to its combined workforce, but industry body Agri SA remains concerned about a decline in the skilled workforce in the sector. The employment gains were recorded across... 

Failure to heed warnings about a disease like Covid-19 a bigger risk than the disease itself – Whitfield

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2021 The major risk posed by Covid-19 is not the disease itself, but instead humankind’s inaction to heed calls that such an event could lead to the crippling of global economies and other systems, independent broadcaster, journalist and writer Bruce Whitfield said on August 24. He gave the keynote... 

SA's unemployment rate hits record 34.4%  

By: News24Wire      24th August 2021 Unemployment has hit a record high of 34.4%, or 7.8-million jobless people. Stats SA released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the second quarter on Tuesday. This is the highest unemployment rate recorded since the survey started in 2008. The unemployment rate was previously 32.6%. The... 

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New research finds employers ‘mistrust’ people to work remotely

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2021 While only 35% of employers trust their staff fully while working remotely, only 19% say productivity decreased since employees transitioned to remote working, an observation which creates “quite the paradox”, notes research conducted for electronics company Ricoh, by UK public relations firm... 

Impasse between government and labour sets tone for a testy day at the ConCourt

By: News24Wire      24th August 2021 Despite a hard-won public service wage deal being reached in late July, public service unions and government departments will on Tuesday return to the Constitutional Court where labour representatives are appealing a Labour Court ruling excusing government from sticking to a wage deal that dates... 

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Chemical industry training authority launches two TVET initiatives for SMMEs

By: Schalk Burger     23rd August 2021 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) on August 23 announced two technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college initiatives, which are set to stimulate small, medium-sized and microenterprise (SMME) activity and economic opportunities for individuals in... 

Inclusive property development necessary to address South Africa's socioeconomic issues - ASAQS

By: Schalk Burger     23rd August 2021 In the wake of the July incidences of looting and destruction, South Africa needs to rethink the role property development can play in addressing a variety of socioeconomic issues, says Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) VP Mosha Senyolo. “We should have conversations about... 

Demand for vaccines requires boost to enable full reopening of economy

By: Donna Slater     23rd August 2021 Despite an anti-vaccination contingent in South Africa’s society, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says common sense and rationality prevail for the most part in terms of acceptance and a willingness to get vaccinated – a factor that could soon mean the complete reopening of the... 

UJ provides two free, online open courses for students and citizens

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2021 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is offering two free massive open online courses (MOOCs) – one on artificial intelligence (AI) in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the other on African insights – to the public. The university introduced the course on AI in the 4IR in 2019 and, over... 

Mondelēz businesswomen offer advice for young leaders

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2021 Women have a role to play in building the South African and African economy, and much can be gained by leveraging women leaders’ traits for the growth of others and organisations, speakers said during a webinar hosted by multinational food company Mondelēz International on August 17. Mondelēz... 

R573 Moloto road upgrade to create subcontracting opportunities for Elias Motsoaledi community

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) upgrade of the portion of the R573 Moloto road from Slovo to Siyabuswa in the Elias Motsoaledi local municipality, in Limpopo, will create subcontracting opportunities for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the... 

Online course gains momentum

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 The success of the South African Light Steel Frame Association’s (Sasfa’s)  online training course for light steel frame building (LSFB) contactors, presented in March, has resulted in the course being scheduled again for next month, says Sasfa MD John Barnard. The course comprises eight sessions... 

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STUDENT ACCOMODATION STAG PROPERTIES Sasfa reaches out to existing members to consider accepting students of its courses as interns on current building projects

Steel construction learning reinvisioned

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Nonprofit organisation the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is evolving its technical learning sessions for steel construction to a digital platform. The SAISC has been offering technical sessions for engineers since early March and, according to SAISC marketing director... 

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AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL The weekly technical sessions are the first step towards the future of structural steel training courses available to SAISC members

Association eyes expansion

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Despite being faced with many challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofit trade association the Steel, Tube and Pipe Association of South Africa (Steasa), through its partnership with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), aims to reenergise and expand through the Master... 

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KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE Steasa encourages more companies to come into the fold to build cooperation in the industry to ensure that all company interests are met through a well-coordinated and supportive industry

Institute key in developing steel industry

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Associations, such as the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), allow for the further development of companies and the industry, as like-minded people are encouraged to share ideas, which, in turn, creates a better environment and prospects for the industry,” says software... 

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DOUG HUNTER Ultimately, members of SAISC are better-suited customers for us and derive optimal value out of the software

Change drives steel supplier forward

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 The significant steel shortages have been a huge challenge for steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds since the start of the pandemic; however, through active in-house changes, the company has created opportunities to benefit from inceased volumes of product. Stewarts & Lloyds branch manager of steel... 

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STEEL SUPPLY The market has changed, and we have managed to grow our tonnages and do better than previous years overall

Renewable energy sustainability bound to just transition and positive impacts

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2021 The sustainability of renewable energy is linked to its long-term positive impact within host communities and close collaboration will help bring about a socially just transition to cleaner energy, says renewable independent power producer (IPP) Scatec sub-Saharan Africa GM Jan Fourie. He adds... 

New strike patterns have been emerging in recent years, says postdoctoral fellow 

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2021 An increase in strike action can be correlated with an increase in favourable economic conditions within a country, region or industry, as has been the case, for the most part, over the past 50 years, says University of the Witwatersrand Society, Work and Politics Institute postdoctoral fellow... 

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Influences behind a shift in strike action trends

Rising school dropout figures putting economic recovery at risk, says Mabuza

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th August 2021 Deputy President David Mabuza has called on government to address the issue of young people dropping out of school prior to matriculation as it "threatens the path to economic recovery". Speaking during the hybrid fourth Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Summit, on August 10, he said that... 

Renewable energy sector sourcing specialist skills for long-term growth

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2021 The renewable energy sector is preparing for the August 16 close of submissions for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), as well as the next two bidding rounds, by sourcing specialist skills to deliver on renewable energy projects, says... 

Employment, Labour Minister outlines interventions by dept following recent civil unrest

By: Simone Liedtke     11th August 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has outlined interventions by the Department of Employment and Labour on how it will be assisting affected workers across the KwaZulu-Natal province following recent civil unrest. The Minister says the department is collating all the necessary workers’... 

109-strong Working on Fire team to help with firefighting in Canada

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE's) Working on Fire programme will deploy 109 firefighters and management to Manitoba, in Canada, to assist with firefighting efforts. This is the fourth deployment of firefighters to Canada and the team will be deployed on the... 

Increased interest in temporary employment services

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 More of human capital solutions provider Workforce’s agricultural clients are agreeing to the value that Workforce Staffing – a temporary employment service provider subsidiary of Workforce – can bring to the table. Workforce Africa MD Darren Hollander tells Engineering News that compliance... 

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DARREN HOLLANDER In the agriculture sector, which mostly requires unskilled labour, not enough is being done to upskill workers

Rand Refinery looks back, and forward, as it marks 100 years of operations

By: Cameron Mackay     6th August 2021 Since it began operating in 1921, gold refiner Rand Refinery’s technological pioneering spirit has enabled it to transform into a “global powerhouse with a unique portfolio of products and services”, as it has continuously expanded its product portfolio and technical knowledge. Celebrating its... 

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PwC report highlights need for increased focus on diversity, inclusion and ESG

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2021 Professional services firm PwC’s ‘Executive directors’ practices and remuneration trends’ report, released on August 5, finds that companies’ journeys to what it says is “fair pay” requires them to embrace inclusivity and diversity, as well as an internal culture of belonging. In defining what... 

From a coal-to-gas conversion to a microgrid factory, Eskom builds Komati’s just energy transaction case 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is hoping to transform the workshops at the Komati power station – identified as the flagship site for the piloting of a broader ‘just energy transition’ programme that couples decarbonisation with social upliftment – into a factory capable of manufacturing... 

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A file photo of the Komati power station, which has generated electricity since 1961
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